Mellissa Hughes

A dedicated interpreter of living composers, Mellissa Hughes has worked closely with Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, David Lang, Steve Reich, Neil Rolnick, and has premiered works by David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Ted Hearne, Caleb Burhans, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, and Frederick Rzewski, among others.

Last season featured Hughes performing Silver Threads, a solo cycle written for her by Jacob Cooper at (le) Poisson Rouge; a New York City Opera debut in John Zorn’s The Holy Visions; a Stanford Lively Arts performance with Alan Pierson and Alarm Will Sound; a national tour with Missy Mazzoli and Victoire; and a performance with Newspeak at Atlas in Washington, DC.

Other recent events include the world premiere of David T. Little’s Am I Born, a solo orchestral work written for Hughes, commissioned by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a MATA Festival performance of David Coll’s Position, Influence; the world premiere of Alex Temple’s Liebeslied, a performance of Jonathan Berger’s one-act opera Theotokia with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and Pedja Muzijevic for Stanford Lively Arts; a Weill Hall performance and Naxos recording of Mohammed Fairouz’s Tahwidah with the clarinetist David Krakauer; Bryce and Aaron Dessner’s multimedia song cycle The Long Count at the Holland Festival; a recital with pianist Lisa Moore for Kettle Corn New Music, a Steve Reich program with Alan Pierson and Alarm Will Sound at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a Reich/Bach program with Brad Lubman and SIGNAL at Miller Theatre; and the US premiere of Adrian Utley and Will Gregory’s score for The Passion of Joan Arc as part of Lincoln Center’s 2011 White Light Festival.

Based in Brooklyn, Mellissa Hughes holds degrees from Westminster Choir College and Yale University.